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Bill Sardi Health Blog


    La Verne, CA- (July 28, 2018) A daily dose of baking soda is being heralded as a practice that just may benefit every health seeker who desires to live free of chronic inflammation.

    Aging is characterized by chronic low-grade inflammation throughout the body.  Medical investigators have demonstrated the body’s immune system over-responds by sending legions of white blood cells called macrophages to the site of infection, malignancy or trauma.  It’s kind of like an auto accident at Fifth and Main Street where 50,000 police cars show up rather just a squad car or two.

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  • COMING SOON: NEW First-in-Class™ Multivitamin for Kids Provides Nutrients that Desensitize for Nut Allergy*

    Lifespan Nutrition introduces “FIRST IN CLASS™”, the first multivitamin for kids that includes ample amounts of key nutrients to help address the growing problem of nut allergy.*

    Published reports point to a shortage of vitamins A, vitamin D and IP6 bran factor as missing nutrients in the growing problem of nut allergy in children says Bill Sardi, product formulator.

    The dietary answer is to get kids to eat more vitamin A-rich butter or eat more carrots that provide beta carotene which converts to vitamin A, and to eat more fiber-rich grains that provide bran instead of white bread, and to spend more time outdoors in midday sun to get sufficient amounts of sunshine vitamin D.   But this can be challenging for parents.  Kids are often picky about the foods they eat.  Pizza, macaroni and French fries are consumed and everything else is left on the plate.   This is where a well-designed multivitamin comes in, says Sardi.

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  • Don’t say dietary supplements don’t work

    I’m of cataract age (in my early 70s).  (cataract = cloudy focusing lens)

    I’ve got clear lenses, no glaucoma (elevated fluid pressure); no other eye conditions typical for my age.

    My retina scans you can see below.

    My central retinal thickness is 255-256 right and left eye micrometers, about normal.

    It would be typical for a 70+ year old to have drusen (oxysterol aka cholesterol) deposits at the back of my eyes.  The scan below shows zero drusen.

    My optic nerve and blood vessels are healthy.

    I have habitually worn UV-blue-blocking sun lenses when outdoors during the day since age 40.

    I have been supplementing my diet with lutein since 1992 when lutein first became available as a dietary supplement.

    I take resveratrol since 2004 when it was popularized as an anti-aging molecule.

    I have taken IP6 rice bran, an iron chelator, since the mid 1990s.

    My vision is 20/30 in both eyes and I needed a prescription for astigmatism (irregular curvature of the front cornea of the eyes).

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  • Does Your Multivitamin Provide Nutrients That Boost Natural Killer Cell Activity To Optimize Your Immune System?

    Modern medicine has a proposition for you. Here it is:

    Grow old, wait for your immune system to decline, develop pneumonia, cancer and all manner of viral infections, then let modern medicine step in and rescue you from life-threatening health problems.

    With that in mind, modern medicine is ramping up efforts to utilize a subset of white blood cells known as natural killer (NK) cells primarily to kill cancer cells. Natural killer cells release a toxic chemical called interferon to destroy tumor cells.

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  • Enough Is Enough

    Balz Frei, PhD; Bruce N. Ames, PhD; Jerey B. Blumberg, PhD; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH


    Guallar and colleagues (1) conclude that “the case is closed – supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful.” However, they ignore decades o nutrition research and diet monitoring o the U.S. population to reach this misleading conclusion.

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  • P5P: Does Your Multivitamin Provide This Superior Form Of Vitamin B6? Probably Not

    Multivitamins are often formulated to compete on price against other brands and therefore provide the cheapest forms of vitamins and minerals available since 80% of consumers buy on price rather than quality.  However, the most expensive vitamins consumers can buy are those that don’t work.

    Pyridoxine is the common form of B6 provided in more than 95% of multivitamins.  It is an effective but not optimal form of this vitamin and most of the time converts to pyridoxyl 5 phosphate (P5P-B6), the active form of this B vitamin in the human body.

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  • Hair growth with lavender

    I don’t know a guy who wouldn’t apply something to his bald spot if it worked.  It makes sense to apply something topically rather than take something orally.  So recently researchers applied minoxidil, the primary ingredient in Rogaine, or lavender oil on skin areas of laboratory mice.  New hair follicles, thicker skin, and deeper hair follicle depth were predictably demonstrated with minoxidil.  Surprisingly lavender oil had a hair growth-promoting effect.  Researchers suggest lavender oil could be a practical application to promote hair growth. [Toxicological Research April 2016]

  • Vitamin K belatedly proposed for bone health (decades late)

    How come the research community launches out to prove something that is already widely known?

    A recent news headline reads: “Cheesy vitamin boosts bones; could mean an end for osteoporosis.”  The article went on to say a trial has been launched with vitamin K supplements to see if it slows or even reverses progressive bone loss in post-menopausal females.  Vitamin K, known as a blood-clotting nutrient, is also an anti-calcifying agent.  –[Daily Mail UK June 25, 2016]

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  • Modern version: apple a day keeps the doctor away

    Now there is a lot of talk about gut bacteria these days and it is quite valid.  The four pounds of bacteria in our gut (intestines) is the locus of inflammation in our body.  Low-grade inflammation is the hallmark characteristic of aging.  In one remarkable study, researchers provided a molecule found in grapes to the diet of animals and via favorable alteration of gut bacteria, atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries of lab animals remarkably vanished! []

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  • Got stem cells?

    Stem cells are those raw undefined cells that can morph into a new heart, brain, muscle cell.  There is a pool of stem cells throughout your body that is made endogenously.  Stem cells are critical for cellular repair.  There is a horde of dietary supplements sold online that purport to stimulate stem cell production.  Most of the stem cell-inducing dietary supplements being sold offer beneficial ingredients.  A common one is astragalus, an herb that has been shown to promote stem cells in rodents.  [Journal of Orthopedics & Traumatology 2011]

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